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Visitors to Koontz Lake – north of U.S. 30 — can enjoy a day at the beach in an area owned and maintained by Starke County Parks Department. This recreational space on the lake’s northwest side is accessible by traveling to the Koontz Lake Association building at 10870 E. Cherokee Road, parking, and enjoying a short walk to this spot in a lake that offers all types of water-fun activities. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of eateries in Walkerton. Access the beach east of Tippecanoe Drive at the end of Cherokee Road. Koontz Lake traces its solid roots to the late 1800s and its uses included commercial and agricultural. It is named after a business owner.

Located right off U.S. 30, it’s a great weekend escape with several “Ways to Stay” and endless activities featuring two swimming pools, beaches, paddle boating, fishing and more. Families can drive in their RV, set up a tent or reserve multiple types of cabins – including rustic. Lodging is the first step to fun with themed weekends – see the list here: ThemedWeekends.pdf (

A La Porte County fixture celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024, this spacious antique shop is full of house-beautifying treasures and rare items that cater to individual tastes. It is full of an ever-changing selection of glassware, heirlooms, rare and used books, and one-of-a-kind accent pieces. The Bookworm is a great place to find gifts.

Located on Valparaiso University’s campus, the nationally-recognized Brauer Museum of Art’s goal is to educate and inspire campus and community members with original works of American art and international religious art. Visitors can peruse more than 5,000 works with pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st century in the collection. The museum is open during the summer from Wednesday through Saturday.

For those looking for a relaxing getaway, Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth is a fantastic option, offering more than 400 acres of northern Indiana countryside bolstered by 36 holes of golf and one-of-a-kind Midwestern hospitality. Swan Lake is a great place to enjoy a break from your busy life in a facility that has the feel of a luxury country club but is affordably priced.

A fifth-generation agricultural operation offering a selection of family-raised beef and pork products. Located just two miles off of Hwy 421 and just south of US 30, you can visit the farm to shop their selection of burgers, brats, steaks and many other cuts while also being able to see the livestock and other elements of their farm. Call ahead and make an appointment to shop (you can also pick up some Mitzner meat at their J-Mart, 10300 W US Highway 30, Wanatah, IN if you are in a hurry.

Situated just south of U.S. 30 in Wanatah, Wana Pizza serves fresh and hot pizza for dine-in or carryout and a fun slogan: “Crust So Fresh It Was Flour Yesterday.” Wana Pizza, established in 2000, has three other locations featuring some of the best pizza in the region with a small-town charm.

Established in 1937, Marian University’s Ancilla College started out as Ancilla Domini College. With an expansion in 1966, the College broadened its curriculum and admitted students from the surrounding area. In 2021, Marian University opened a location at the site of the former Ancilla College, dedicating itself to continuing the mission of bringing higher education supported through a foundation of faith to Marshall County and Northern Indiana. Degree offerings include curriculums in Nursing, Agriculture, Business, Veterinary Nursing, and more.

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